For quite a while, I’ve wanted to share about the struggles our family has been going through over the last 5 months. I would sit down to begin typing and the words would not flow.
But this week, I heard a song that said what I’ve been wanting to say. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I enjoy sharing songs that I love.
When Wayne and I married in 1991 we had a lot of songs sung at our wedding (Wayne has a bachelor’s degree in vocal music). One of the songs was, I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman.
It was a perfect song for us as we were beginning our life together. The last verse says this,
And just as sure as seasons are made for change
Our lifetimes are made for years
So I… I will be here
We’ll be together
I will be here
So here we are 22 years later. We’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve watched our children grow up, we’ve dealt with cancer, we’ve lost my Mom to cancer and the list could go on. We’ve been through life!
But last fall, was definitely one of the most difficult seasons for our family.
Our daughter Courtney had grown up wanting to be married and to have children. But she also knew that having a career was important. Her desire was to stay home with her children when they were small.
Courtney graduated from Georgetown College with an elementary education degree and waited on God’s timing for finding her future mate.
She began working as a teacher and in 2009 she met her future husband. They dated for a year and in June 2010 they were married.
Six months into their marriage Courtney became pregnant and on September 2, 2011, Colt Allen Rogers was born. He has been such a blessing to our family!
Last June Courtney and her husband celebrated their 3 year anniversary. We knew they were having some struggles but we also knew the first few years of marriage can be hard.
Unfortunately, in September, Courtney found out her husband was being unfaithful and he decided to leave and did not want to reconcile. As you can imagine we were all devastated.
This is not the life that Courtney would have chosen. (I’m divorced and Courtney and Cory know the difficulties that go along with divorce). She wanted more than anything for her marriage to work out but it’s not a possibility.
Courtney and Colt moved in with us last October. As many of you know Wayne and I had 2 foreign exchange students living with us.
Because of the pain our family was going through we knew we couldn’t keep Camille and Nikki. Thankfully, some wonderful friends from church took the girls so we get to see them often. God was faithful!
Although it hasn’t been easy, Courtney and Colt are doing much better! She has a wonderful job and we know that God has a plan for their life and it is full of hope.
When I heard the song, Together by Steven Curtis Chapman, I knew I wanted to share it with you all. I decided to add pictures of our family over the last few years. All the pictures in the video are of Wayne, Courtney, Cory, Colt and myself and I added one with Camille and Nikki.
We are a family, a family that can testify to God’s grace and mercy!
I’m sure your family has not been immune to struggles. Have you seen God’s hand at work in your family?
Have a blessed day!